Nov 062021
 

James Naismith (born Almonte, Ontario, Canada, 1861; died Lawrence, Kansas, November 28, 1939) invented basketball in 1891. He was given the task of designing a game that could keep track and field athletes in shape and be played indoors during the cold winter. He created the first hoop from a peach basket, and the first basketball was actually a soccer ball. Children can read more about the original rules of the game at: Basketball Rules. Children could also read John Coy’s Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball.

Adolphe Sax (born Dinant, Belgium, 1814; died Paris, France, February 7, 1894) invented the saxophone and all its relatives. He became famous and wealthy. Children could watch and hear a saxophone and a HUGE saxophone being played at: Saxophone. Is the saxophone a woodwind instrument or a brass instrument?

Sousa

John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (born Washington, DC, 1854; died Reading, Pennsylvania, March 6, 1932) was a band conductor and a composer. He wrote, among other works, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Children can visit a website devoted to his life at: Sousa. Here you can view a timeline of his life, hear a rendition of “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and marvel at the range of his band music, songs, and operettas.

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May 142022
 
Sheet Music for The Stars and Stripes Forever

Sheet Music for The Stars and Stripes Forever

John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever was performed for the first time. Philadelphia hosted the 1897 event when a statue of George Washington was dedicated. Children can learn more at: Sousa. Children could hear the march at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-7XWhyvIpE.

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